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For The Future World Traveler

For The Future World Traveler

There’s no question that world travel has become more and more accessible over the decades (can you imagine people used to spend weeks or even months at sea to get from one country to the next?), and chances are, it’s only going to become even more accessible as the years go on (heck, our kids... read more
Portable Luggage Scales Are Worth Their Weight In The Fees You’ll Save

Portable Luggage Scales Are Worth Their Weight In The Fees You’ll Save

If you’re a carry-on only traveler (which a lot of us have become since checked baggage fees were introduced) then you might be wondering why you’d need to bother with weighing your luggage. After all, as long as your bag fits within the basic carry-on dimensions, you should be fine, right? Not necessarily. As people... read more
Traveling For A Special Event? Here’s How To Avoid A Wrinkle In Your Plans

Traveling For A Special Event? Here’s How To Avoid A Wrinkle In Your Plans

Today I want to talk about an item that rarely ends up in people’s suitcases, and yet is something that should be at the top of your packing list if you’re heading off to a special event. Let’s say you’re traveling interstate to attend a friend’s wedding: you pack a nice dress (or suit if... read more
Double Your Essentials And Halve Your Packing Time

Double Your Essentials And Halve Your Packing Time

How long does it take you to pack for a trip? A month (hey, you want to make sure you have everything you could possibly need)? A week? Or less than an hour on the morning of your flight? If you’re anything like most people, one thing’s for sure – packing ends up taking a... read more
Would You Carry A Bag Made Out Of Your Aircraft's Seat?

Would You Carry A Bag Made Out Of Your Aircraft’s Seat?

Well this is an unusual way to travel greener: carry a bag made out of recycled aircraft seat covers. The company behind the eco-friendly bag, Tierra Ideas, takes materials that are going to end up in landfills and turns them into satchels, duffels, laptop cases and other forms of “wearable art.” My first thought when... read more
4 Great Watches For Travelers

4 Great Watches For Travelers

With pretty much everyone carrying a cell phone these days, wearing a watch has become unnecessary – for those of us who do wear them, it’s as much to make a fashion statement as anything else. But for travelers, watches serve a practical purpose. Since we don’t all travel with a phone (thank you outrageous... read more
The Fine Art Of Getting Electricity At The Airport

The Fine Art Of Getting Electricity At The Airport

Why is it that power outlets in airports are about as abundant as parking spots at the mall on Black Friday? And that if you do by some miracle happen upon an outlet, it’s already being juiced by some other gadget-toting traveler while other desperate passengers lurk about ready to pounce on the lone, precious... read more
An Eye Mask That Will Help You Sleep No Matter The Time Difference

An Eye Mask That Will Help You Sleep No Matter The Time Difference

Vacations should be all about relaxing, but unfortunately, it’s not always easy to wind down and get some rest when you’ve crossed four time zones and your body thinks it’s the middle of day. Aromatherapy can be a helpful way of sending signals to your body that it’s time to sleep, but really, who wants... read more
Why You Should Travel With A Bike Lock (Even If You're Not A Cyclist)

Why You Should Travel With A Bike Lock (Even If You’re Not A Cyclist)

I’ll never forget the time I was sitting in the common room of a hostel when a girl who had been out for the day returned to collect her backpack from the luggage storage area. She opened the storage room door to find a mountain of bags… only hers wasn’t there. Someone had stolen the... read more
Water bottles that fold up flat? I'll drink to that.

Water bottles that fold up flat? I’ll drink to that.

One thing I pretty much always have on me when I travel is a water bottle. I mean, I know I’m always going to be thirsty and I’ve discovered water fountains/ bubblers aren’t as ubiquitous in the rest of the world as they are in the US. Unfortunately, carrying bottles can be a bit of... read more
Where in the world have you been?

Where in the world have you been?

You know that feeling of satisfaction you get from crossing an item off your “to do” list? Well this Scratch-off World Map is a great way of getting the same buzz as you go through your travel bucket list and check off the various places you’ve been. Yes, you could get a regular map and... read more
Baby wipes for showers on the go

Baby wipes for showers on the go

No matter what kind of traveler you are, there are those moments during your trip that you just feel dirty. Perhaps you’ve just landed after a long haul flight, have stumbled off an overnight bus, are attending a multi-day concert or are out camping in the wilderness and there’s just no way to shower. Maybe... read more